2020, Steel, acrylic rod, alkyd, 13 x 18.5 x 4 in.
Larry Akers has been doing constructed sculpture in Austin since 2011. Born and raised in Pampa, Texas, he escaped to Austin by 1973 and over the next 21 years acquired a stack of mathematics and computer science degrees at UT. On the way to becoming an artist, he taught mathematics for two years in Dripping Springs and spent 40 years as an applied computing research scientist, acquiring an affinity for pattern that infuses almost all his artwork. He has been a prominent parks, neighborhoods, and environmental advocate ever since the Town Lake Park initiative of the 1980's and was a central figure in the creation of the park adjacent to the Palmer Event Center. He loves his wife of 29 years and his son of almost that age, most of the people he knows, dogs, music, water, and fruit.